There are two news items to share with you today. Firstly, Graeme Cliffe's fabulous book on Australian comic book history has arrived from the printer, and secondly, the Kickstarter project associated with it has reached its target goal in under a week! Many thanks to all who have taken part in the campaign. For those who come in late: details of the book, including all special limited editions that are only available in the campaign, can be found here in this link: http://kck.st/2Ed11j5
Graeme and I are meeting this morning to discuss the project. Firstly, we are going to begin the process of shipping out copies to everyone who has pre-purchased copies from the Comicoz web-site over the past twelve months. It is only fair that those who have pre-paid for copies receive them first. (The Kickstarter participants will have copies posted after the campaign concludes on 15 June.)
Australian comic book retailers, who may have noticed the solicitation in the latest issue of Diamond Distributor's Previews (on page 305!), may be somewhat reluctant to order an Australian book from America only to pay for it to be shipped out again to Australia! So to address this issue, yesterday I sent a letter to each and every Australian comic shop that I was able to identify -- all 35 of them! -- and suggested that they buy discounted copies from Comicoz directly. I know most of their product is usually American comics, but I really do hope most retailers support this local publishing venture....
American politics is also raising its ugly head too. Are USA imports from Australia going to be hit with the same 25% tariff that the Chinese have to endure? This might make the book uneconomically viable to ship there. On the other side of the spectrum, the fact that the Australian Dollar is presently dropping might prove to be a small windfall.
A local Book Distributor has also expressed interest in carrying some of Comicoz' books (Bold Ben Hall and The Men Behind Superman) and I am hoping that that interest extends further to include From 'Sunbeams' to Sunset too. From a marketing perspective, a couple of journalists from Brisbane's Sunday Mail and the Daily Mirror in Sydney have expressed an interest too. As you can see, it's not just a matter of deciding to publish a book these days -- there are so many factors to take into consideration!
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he has been the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books